Events

Council on the Radio: Ambassador Barbara Leaf

Please join the Montana World Affairs Council for our Council on the Radio program:
September 23, 2020
9:00-10:00 AM
KVGO
AM 1290
FM 101
Former Ambassador to the UAE Barbara A. Leaf will be discussing the recent treaty between Israel and the UAE.  What are its implications for the region and US policy in the Middle East.
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Connect Montana: Strengthening Local Peacebuilding

Sarhang Hamasaeed – Strengthening Local Peacebuilding

Thursday, September 24th, 12:00-12:30 (noon) Mountain Time

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Sarhang will discuss work being done at the local level to facilitate and strengthen local peace accords.

Sarhang Hamasaeed is the director of Middle East Programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP). He joined USIP in February 2011 and works on program management, organizational development, and monitoring and evaluation. His areas of focus include political and policy analysis, conflict analysis, dialogue processes, reconciliation and post-conflict stabilization, and ethnic and religious minorities. He writes, gives media interviews to international media, and is featured on events and briefings on Iraq, Syria, and the Middle East. He is a member on the Task Force on the Future of Iraq, and was member of the Rebuilding Societies Working Group under the Middle East Strategy Taskforce, both initiatives by the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. He regularly gives a lecture at the Foreign Service Institute on ISIL and Challenges to Governance in Iraq.

As a deputy director general at the Council of Ministers of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq (2008-2009), Hamasaeed managed strategic government modernization initiatives through information technology with the goal of helping improve governance and service delivery.  He holds a Master’s degree in International Development Policy from Duke University (2007) and is a Fulbright alumnus.

 

This program is in partnership with the United States Institute of Peace. Please visit their website here: https://www.usip.org/

 

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Connect Montana: Humanitarianism and Peace

Dennis McNamara – Humanitarianism and Peace

Wednesday, September 23rd, 12:00-12:30 (noon) Mountain Time

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Dennis will focus on the global challenges to humanitarian principles and the link to the rule of law and peace building.

 

Dennis McNamara has more than three decades of international humanitarian experience during which he held several senior positions across the United Nations before becoming HD’s Senior Humanitarian Adviser in 2007. Prior to joining HD, he served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Special Envoy to Iraq and the former Yugoslavia, and as UNHCR Director of International Protection. Dennis has also worked in UN Peacekeeping Operations and as Director in the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. He was Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General in Kosovo as well as at Deputy UN Administrator at the Assistant Secretary-General level in Timor Leste. Prior to this, Dennis headed the Human Rights Component of the UN Transitional Authority in Cambodia. Dennis has an Honours degree in law from Auckland University and practiced as a lawyer in the UK and Kenya before joining the UN.

This program is in partnership with the United States Institute of Peace. Please visit their website here: https://www.usip.org/

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